Aero-TV: Delta Connection Academy And Embry Riddle …

Forces To Be Reckoned With In The Aero-Educational World Team Up

It's really tough to know who to trust in the aviation education business these days... stories like the frauds surrounding the Silver State Helicopter mess, as well as other such catastrophes, certainly give someone thinking of an aviation education a reason to pause.

So... when two of the best known and most highly regarded names in the aero-educational industry decide to cooperate on something, you know you have a good deal. The big news (and the subject of this Aero-TV feature) is that Delta Connection Academy and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University have partnered up on a program that gives students who earn their tickets at Delta Connection Academy a solid 36 credit hours toward a degree. To those looking for a solid way toward an airline career (which favors those applicants with a degree), this manna from heaven.

These are two of the industry's heaviest players -- with a heck of a pedigree. ERAU notes that on December 17, 1925, exactly 22 years after the historic flight of the Wright Flyer, barnstormer John Paul Riddle and entrepreneur T. Higbee Embry founded the Embry-Riddle Company at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio. The following spring the company opened the Embry-Riddle School of Aviation. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University began with a simple plan to train airplane pilots. Today, Embry-Riddle is a leader in aviation and aerospace higher education. Embry-Riddle is an independent, nonsectarian, not-for-profit, coeducational university. The University serves culturally diverse students seeking careers in aviation, aerospace, engineering, and related fields. Residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., provide education in a traditional setting, while the Worldwide Campus provides instruction through more than 130 centers in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Middle East and through online learning.

Delta Connection Academy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, operates a fleet of more than 110 aircraft and has trained students from 89 different countries. The Academy has placed pilots with 26 airlines including, but not limited to, all Delta Connection carriers, American Eagle Airlines, ExpressJet Airlines and Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines. In addition to its main campus at the Orlando/Sanford International Airport, the Academy is the flight-training partner for five colleges and universities across the United States and has a total enrollment of more than 800 flight students.


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